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Pujols carried injury-laden Cards all season

Voters needed to look past the obvious numbers to elect the proper NL MVP. And they did -- choosing Albert Pujols.

Originally Published: November 15, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

MVP voters aren't allowed to consider the fascinating events of October before they cast their esteemed votes. But anyone who watched the Cardinals in the NLCS should know exactly why Albert Pujols deserved to be this year's National League MVP.

The Cardinals batted .209 as a team in that series. They got exactly one home run from hitters not named Albert Pujols. And their team slugging percentage, if you subtract Pujols from the mix, was a terrifying .262.

In short, this wasn't ...

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